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Harmony of the Seas Review

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Editor Rating
4.5
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Colleen McDaniel
Cruise Critic Editor-In-Chief

You would be hard pressed to take part in everything on offer on the 5,479-passenger Harmony of the Seas in a week. The sheer number of entertainment offerings, both day and night, is bewildering; it's a bit like being at a massive floating theme park, with everything from simulated surfing to ziplines, an ice rink, rock climbing walls and a 10-story dry slide.

Pros

One of the largest cruise ships in the world offers plenty of choice

Cons

Can feel crowded and busy, despite clever design to combat congestion

Bottom Line

Fantastic ship for families and those looking for great entertainment and activities

About

Passengers : 5,479
Crew : 2,100
Passenger to Crew : 2.61:1
Launched : 2016
Shore Excursions : 369

Harmony of the Seas is part of Royal Caribbean's hugely popular Oasis class of ships, the largest cruise ships afloat. The ship is almost a carbon copy of its fleetmate, which pioneered a "neighborhood" concept, with activities grouped into different areas on the ship. So, you have the buzzy, amusement park-style Boardwalk; the serenity of Central Park, with its real trees and plants; the Pool and Sports Zone for outdoor activities, including a large kids splash park; and the Royal Promenade for indoor shopping and entertainment.

The sheer size of Harmony of the Seas is astounding; it's easy to forget you're on a ship, especially when you're hanging out on the Royal Promenade, which feels more like a Vegas hotel than a cruise ship. It also means you're less likely to feel the waves, a big plus for those prone to seasickness.

What Harmony of the Seas excels in is variety, whether you're talking cabins, entertainment or dining. Even cabins in the ship's lowest category are thoughtfully designed and comfortable, with space for relaxing and plenty of storage. Likewise, the entertainment onboard, whether small scale, like an acoustic guitarist, or larger than life, like the production of "Grease," is simply outstanding. The ship's restaurants offer everything from low-key grab-and-go meals to multicourse, hourslong culinary extravaganzas, though be prepared for a variety of quality with the extra-cost venues generally being much better.

You'll find lots of space for kids of all ages, fun and entertaining programming and the facilities -- for our money -- are the best at sea. Parents can spend time playing with their kids all day and then feel comfortable heading off on date night knowing their children are in good hands.

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If you're happy sharing your cruise vacation with 6,779 other passengers (at full capacity), of all ages and with a lot of families, then Harmony of the Seas is about as good as it gets in terms of activities, entertainment and fun at sea -- throw yourself in, and you'll be kept busy all week.

Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Main dining room, the buffet and select other eateries
  • All theater shows (including the AquaTheater and Ice Shows); the comedy club and Jazz on 4
  • Use of the FlowRiders, Ultimate Abyss, Perfect Storm, zipline, water park, climbing walls, mini-golf and other outside activities including riding on the Boardwalk Carousel
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes
  • Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day or $17.50 per person, per day for those staying in suites
  • Automatic beverage and spa tips (18 percent for both)
  • All drinks beyond water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Spa treatments
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Activities including, but not limited to, Skee-Ball, Whack-A-Mole and arcade games
  • Photos and artwork

Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas Dress Code

Daytime: Anything goes, though cover-ups or shirts and shoes are required for indoor dining -- and indoor spaces, in general.

Evening: "Resort casual," which for women means dresses or skirts, capris or slacks and blouses. For men, khakis or dress pants paired with button-down or collared shirts work. Formalwear options for women include evening gowns, cocktail dresses or fancy blouses with slacks. Men generally go with dress shirts, ties, jackets and slacks, full suits or even tuxedos.

Not permitted: Cutoff jeans, shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the main dining room.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Royal Caribbean.

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Where does Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas sail from?

Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas departs from Port Canaveral, Barcelona, Rome and Civitavecchia

How much does it cost to go on Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas?

Cruises on Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas start from £379 per person.

Is Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas a good ship to cruise on?

Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas won 30 awards over the years, including Best Overall, Best for Cabins and Best for Dining in 2019.
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